1. John MacArthur - What Does It Mean to Be "Led by the Spirit"? (strange fire) #3

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    What Does It Mean to Be "Led by the Spirit"? http://www.gty.org/Blog/B130423 In preparation for the Strange Fire conference in October, we will post a new Strange Fire media blog every week. You can always catch up with the latest audio and video clips at the conference media site here, or sign up for the RSS feed and have them delivered to you. Today we're going to hear from John MacArthur as he answers questions about what it means to be "led by the Spirit," and if that is a temporary spiritual state for believers. http://www.tmstrangefire.org/

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    • GraceLife London

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      This is a story about how God is radically changing people in London through the power of his word! GraceLife London is a new church in Central London 'planted' out of Grace Community Church, pastored by John MacArthur in California, USA. The pastors, Tom Drion & Ross Orgill, are British men, trained at the Master's Seminary, and served in the church there before returning to London with their families to establish GraceLife London in January of 2011. The church meets on Sundays at 4pm - do just come along! To find out much more and sermons check out www.gracelifelondon.org

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      • The Power and Pity of Jesus, Part 1B (Mark 5:21-34) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-24 It's been my joy to study, in particular, the gospels. This is the fourth gospel that we've done together here. We have spent nearly 25 years in the gospels and I never ever tire, I never grow weary of the magnificence of Christ. Usually I get a week to prepare a sermon, but I've had three weeks to work on this one and I could keep you here until you fell out of the window and died and we had to raise you from the dead, like Eutychus, but I won't do that, so we'll have to break this portion of Scripture into two parts, this week and next. It's inexhaustible the treasure of Scripture. What a joy for me the last few weeks to have literally been saturated with the truth of this text. Mark 5 starting in verse 21, Mark 5. It is a text that is contained in Matthew. Matthew records it in chapter 9 and Luke records it in chapter 8. There are two miracles in the passage from verse 21 to 43 and they are interestingly arranged. It is another one of those Mark sandwiches. It is a story within a story, a miracle within a miracle. And usually I read the full text and that is a delight and a joy and a privilege and a responsibility to do but in this case, in the narrative, I would rather allow the narrative to unfold itself to us and so we'll move through it together verse by verse and then we'll complete it next Sunday....

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        • Calming the Storm (Mark 4:35-41) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-21 Open your Bible, if you will, to the fourth chapter of the gospel of Mark and we come to the final paragraph in this fourth chapter, verses 35 through 41...verses 35 through 41. Now remember that Mark's purpose in writing the gospel is stated in chapter 1 verse 1, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Mark, like all the other writers, Matthew, Luke and John, has as his goal and his objective to make it clear, unmistakably clear that Jesus is none other than God, that He is man, to be sure, but that He is God as well, the God-Man. That will be demonstrated magnificently, unforgettably in the passage that is before us. We will see a beautiful portrait of His humanity and we will see a staggering demonstration of His deity....

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          • The Matchless Distinctiveness of the Gospel (Mark 2:18-22) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-10 Let's open the Word of God to Mark chapter 2 in our continuing look at the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and an examination of the text of the gospel writers concerning Him, the great history of Mark, what a delight it is to go through this book after all the years we've spent in Luke and revisit the life of our Lord from another perspective. As we come to chapter 2, we look at verses 18 to 22 in our lesson this morning, verses/ 18 to 22. Just a little bit of a preliminary to the text itself. I've entitled this, this message, I've given it the title of "The Matchless Distinctiveness of the Gospel...The Matchless Distinctiveness of the Gospel." And that is really what this text teaches us. We need to be reminded that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which is the heart and soul of Christianity is absolutely unique. It is distinctive, it is exclusive. It is one of a kind in the purest sense of that. That is to say, the gospel of Jesus Christ is unmixable. It is incompatible with any and all other religious ideas and religious beliefs. It cannot co-exist with any other means of salvation, with any other religious idea or religious belief. The gospel cannot blend into any religious system in any way, and anybody who thinks it can is absolutely wrong, and that is exactly what our Lord Jesus says in the text before us, whether you're talking about systems of works salvation that call themselves Christian, such as Roman Catholicism, or orthodox church theology, or Mormonism, or Jehovah's Witnesses, or any other kind of Christian cult or form of Christianity, or liberal Christianity or anything in any other religious form whether it is Islam, or any other religion. There is no mingling, there is no mixing with the gospel. That is true particularly of Judaism. Judaism is incompatible with the biblical gospel, that is the Judaism that exists today and the Judaism that existed in the time of our Lord....

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            • The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-415 Well now that I don't have to preach on anything but what I want to preach on since I finished the New Testament, I find myself all over the place trying to decide what to preach on in sequence...a new kind of experience for me and I'm working on some kind of sequence that makes sense over the future. But I am sort of at the liberty point of my life where whatever is on my heart is where I can go, and this is a wonderful opportunity for me. And there is a subject that has concerned me for a long time and I have wanted to address this subject but it hasn't been a part of preaching through the gospels in the way that it can be now and that is the subject of the Holy Spirit...the Holy Spirit. After all the emphasis of so many years, 25 years of preaching through the four gospels, and much emphasis, of course, on the person of Christ as it should be, much emphasis on the character of God, and the nature of God as manifest in Christ and is seen elsewhere in Scripture, it is time now to give honor to the third member of the Trinity, namely the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most forgotten, the most misrepresented, the most dishonored, the most grieved, the most abused and I might even say the most blasphemed of the members of the Trinity. That's a sad thing....

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              • Giving Thanks to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-3) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-416 Last Sunday I began a series on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Looking at the person of the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit so that we can worship Him in the way that He deserves to be worshiped. And at that time when I began the series last week, I mentioned to you that the Holy Spirit is the most, in my mind at least, the most abused member of the Trinity. There are so many people who blame the Holy Spirit for their behaviors, their words, their experiences and the Holy Spirit has no part whatsoever. It is a strange kind of thing to realize, having read what we did in John chapter 14, 15 and 16 about the Spirit of Truth, to see so much untruth connected to the Holy Spirit. So many lies, so many deceivers, so many deceptions are basically assigned to the Holy Spirit in order to gain necessary ground with people for those who have legitimate desires and goals. The Holy Spirit is blamed for so many terrible things. We are warned about that in the Bible. We are warned about the danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. In spite of that warning, it goes on. We are warned about, and I'll say more about this next week, about insulting the Holy Spirit. We are warned about resisting the Holy Spirit. We are warned about grieving the Holy Spirit. We are warned about quenching the Holy Spirit. And all those verbs are addressed at the way we refer to the Holy Spirit Himself....

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                • Exhortation to a Faithful Church (1 Thessalonians 3-4) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-414 That was wonderful, thank you, Clayton, for leading us in all those musical prayers this morning, and because of the release of the book At The Throne of Grace, everything sort of centered around prayer. And that's wonderfully well-orchestrated by the Holy Spirit because this morning we're going to look at the prayer of the Apostle Paul for the Thessalonian church which we read a little bit earlier, a very fitting connection to the things that are going on. I do want to say thank you to my children who were so kind and gracious as to produce that book. They told me they wanted to do it. I was a little reluctant but they prevailed on me. And I only asked one thing and that was before you print those prayers, I need to look at them and make sure that the grammar is okay and that that's what I want to say. So there were some slight adjustments since...you're kind of freewheeling when praying, and we hope they'll be a wonderful blessing to you. I've never had a more wonderful tribute than what is written in there by my four children. I love them, they know that, profoundly and deeply. And this is a wonderful gift back to me. They're precious. Their spouses are equally precious, and their children as well. But this is a wonderful joy for me to have this. So thank you to my children, and I hope you'll be blessed and encouraged by these prayers as well. The two weeks that we have, last week and this week, before I go away again for three Sundays, to traverse Europe to visit all of our missionaries and preach about 26 times, and I'm sure they'll add another five or six on top of that when we get there. We have these two weeks in this little period of time and because you all have been focusing on me and focusing on finishing the New Testament and now focusing on the book of prayers, that was...it was my desire in my heart to turn that around and to thank you for all that this church is, all it has been, all it is and continues to be in my life by way of profound blessing. So last Sunday we looked at 1 Thessalonians 1 and 2. I chose this letter to spend these two weeks looking at it because this is a church that was a joy to its pastor. Paul says to them at the end of chapter 2, "You are our glory and joy. And you heard me read again in chapters 3 and 4 how delighted he is with them and how much joy they bring to his heart. This is a church that brought its pastor nothing but joy. There are no condemnations in this letter. There are no warnings in this letter. There are no threats in this letter. There are no exposures of sin in this letter. This church is the one church among those that Paul wrote to in the New Testament that he pastored, shepherded where there was nothing but joy in the ministry there. This is a rare church. But so is our church. And so last week I told you that you are the Thessalonian church of Southern California in this period of history. You have brought me unending joy, constantly joy....

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                  • The Resurrection Body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-411 1 Corinthians chapter 15 is the text for our Bible study tonight. And we are looking at the great chapter on resurrection. Bodily resurrection is Paul's theme in this chapter and we come to a section beginning with verse 35. We have worked our way down through verse 34 and now the next section runs from verse 35 to 49. And I want to read it because I think it's good to have it in your mind so you know what's coming. Beginning at verse 35, "But someone will say, 'How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?' You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body just as He wished and to each of the seeds, a body of its own. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men and another of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the glory of the heavenly is one and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, the first man, Adam, became a living soul; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first but the natural then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy. The second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy, and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly."...

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                    • Present Effects of Future Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:29-34) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-410 We're looking at 1 Corinthians 15 tonight and we're going to be examining verses 29 to 34. We're taking this great chapter in chunks, as we work our way through it. And this, of course, is the great biblical chapter on resurrection, physical, bodily resurrection and all that is involved in that, namely eternal life. You will live forever in the presence of God as the very person that you are...perfected and given a perfected and glorified body so that you can dwell in the new heaven and the new earth and worship and glorify and serve the Lord as the very person that He made you to be and sought to make you into through His redemptive purpose. As we come to verses 29 to 34, let me read it for you and then we'll kind of work our way through it. Verse 29 begins, "Otherwise what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let's eat, drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived. Bad company corrupts good morals. Become sober minded as you ought, and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame." It's very powerful, very potent portion of Scripture. And perhaps at first reading, not at all clear exactly how it hangs together. But it is a very cohesive unit....

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